I am appalled and disgusted and heartbroken by the murder of George Floyd.
I cannot find the words to describe what I witnessed on the video. “Appalled and disgusted and heartbroken” are accurate but incomplete. Hearing and reading counter-arguments along with placating and justifying sentiments only made matters worse for me as a Christian first, and then as a human being.
I don’t know everything about George Floyd. I know some things that lead me to believe he was a sinner saved by grace. Sources report Mr. Floyd held a gun to a pregnant woman’s belly, threatening the life of her unborn child, during the home invasion in 2007. I find this horrible, disgusting, and heartbreaking. According to the Wikipedia article, Mr. Floyd was sentenced to five years in prison and served four years before being paroled.
Also according to the Wikipedia article, Mr. Floyd became involved with Resurrection Houston after his release from prison. From this, I glean it’s possible George Floyd started following Jesus while incarcerated. I do not know. I am making an assumption based on reports of his life after leaving prison in 2013.
An autopsy revealed fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. The Wikipedia article reveals Mr. Floyd was arrested several times for theft and drug possession, which often define the life of an addict.
I focus here on Christianity because Christianity should
first and foremost totally and completely inform my worldview if I am truly a follower of Christ. That said, a few questions directed to my Christian brothers and sisters:
Was Mr. Floyd’s death justified?
No. The officer who kneeled on Mr. Floyd’s neck was not justified in murdering him. I believe almost everyone agrees with this sentiment.
Was Mr. Floyd a sinner?
We too are sinners. The Holy Spirit spoke through the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Rome in Romans 3:23: “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,…”
Did Mr. Floyd Struggle with Sin?
It appears Mr. Floyd struggled with addiction.
Addiction is a particularly nasty habit to break, whether the addiction is to drugs or online pornography or individual pride or any other addiction; because of a chemistry cycle fed by addiction in the human brain.
Jesus told us how we should judge the sin of others in John 8:7-11:
Did Mr. Floyd’s Sins Deserve Death?
Yes. (Surprised by this answer? Please keep reading…)
God’s Word tells us the wages of sin is death. Since we are all sinners, all of us deserve death.
How Do We Escape Death?
The Holy Spirit, again speaking through the Apostle Paul, tells us two things:
Are You Helpless? Are You a Sinner?
Jesus Christ is your only hope. He is the only way.
Is Christ First?
Is Christ first in our lives and hearts and minds? Jesus said, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.“
How Does Following Christ Work In Real Life?
The Holy Spirit tells us in Romans 14:19-22:
The Holy Spirit tells us how to live together. “Everything is clean” but it is wrong to cause our brothers and sisters to stumble in our use of our freedom.
This is important. The Holy Spirit tells us all, “You have rights.” The Holy Spirit then tells us, “Lay down your rights if they offend your brothers and sisters.”
Who (or What) is First?
As I type, plans are underway to remove the statue of General Robert E. Lee from Monument Avenue in Richmond Virginia. A question each Christian must answer is: “Is Christ first? Or is something (or someone) else first?”